August

Guitarists

Rig Rundown: Daniel Lanois

December 3, 2014
The man behind U2 and Emmylou Harris’ biggest albums shows us his live setup.
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Daniel Lanois: Sonic Alchemist

December 2, 2014
The celebrated producer and steel-guitar wizard reveals his secrets for coaxing futuristic sounds from vintage gear.
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Rory Block: Bones and Sockets

December 1, 2014
The slide guitarist completes her “Mentor Series” of albums, paying homage to the blues masters she began studying with as a teenager.
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Maggie Björklund: Visions of Longing and Light

November 27, 2014
The Danish pedal-steel songstress talks about 10-strings, Jack White, and her masterful new album, Shaken.
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Rig Rundown: Mastodon (2014)

November 26, 2014
The prog-metal juggernauts’ setup epitomizes straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll.
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Black Veil Brides’ Jinxx and Jake Pitts: Brides of Bob

November 24, 2014
The hair-metal revivalists recruit legendary producer Bob Rock for their shred-emo release, Black Veil Brides IV.
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Forgotten Hero: Ollie Halsall

November 20, 2014
The rise and fall of one of the most original guitar players to emerge from the 1960s British Invasion.
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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

November 13, 2014
Guitarists Justin Adams and Liam “Skin” Tyson take us inside the making of Plant’s widest-ranging solo album to date.
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Rig Rundown: Tony MacAlpine

November 12, 2014
The neo-classical shredder takes an unusually simple approach to his gear.
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Donna Grantis: Days (and Nights) of Wild

November 11, 2014
Prince’s 6-string foil takes us inside the heavy new 3rdEyeGirl album, PLECTRUMELECTRUM.
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Thank You Scientist’s Tom Monda

November 7, 2014
The multi-instrumentalist on his daring new album, odd time signatures, and his early days with Bumblefoot.
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Rig Rundown: Alice Cooper’s Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen, and Nita Strauss

November 5, 2014
The guitar trio details the gear they use to fuel the shock-rock shenanigans every night.
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Bill Frisell: To the Great Beyond

October 30, 2014
With his inventive touch, the prolific guitarist takes his latest musical exploration, Guitar in the Space Age, back to the future.
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Rig Rundown: The War on Drugs

October 29, 2014
The indie rocker combines’ vintage Gibsons and Hiwatts with modern Fenders and a Bradshaw system.
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Joe Perry: 43 Years of Wrenching Strings with Aerosmith

October 28, 2014
Touring a new tell-all autobiography, Aerosmith’s riffmeister reflects on the highs and lows of a colorful career.
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A Lesson in Violence: Exodus' Gary Holt & Lee Altus

October 23, 2014
The Bay Area thrash legends on their moonshine-vs.-wine riff-writing styles, reuniting (again) with vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, and founding guitarist Kirk Hammett’s cameo on Blood In, Blood Out.
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Tim Mahoney’s Top Five Oddball Pedals

October 20, 2014
311’s tap-dancing guitarist lists his must-have effects.
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Blake Mills: Emotional Rescue

October 16, 2014
On his second solo outing, Blake Mills grabs the spotlight with a dream team of special guests—including Don Was, Fiona Apple, Jon Brion, and Jim Keltner—for a poignant, heartfelt journey back in time to the way rock records used to be made.
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Rig Rundown: Against Me!

October 15, 2014
Guitarists Laura Jane Grace and James Bowman achieve savage-punk tones through old-school loud tube-amps and pedals.
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Music Maker Relief Foundation: Playing It Forward

October 14, 2014
For 20 years, the Music Maker Relief Foundation has championed roots musicians by giving hope and ultimately helping them to keep doing what they love.
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